...don't worry! It wasn't me.
July 31, 2009
...don't worry! It wasn't me.
July 29, 2009
“Honey, does my butt look big in these jeans?”
“Big? No, of course not. Saggy? Well, maybe just a little bit”.
Has this ever happened to you? Well, it happened to me last Saturday. We were going out for dinner and I needed a little reassurance about my outfit so I posed the ever annoying “Does my butt (or thighs, boobs, whatever) look big/small/lumpy in these jeans (or dress, top, bikini, etc)?” question to my significant other. I know guys strongly dislike that question but sometimes you just have to throw it out there. My man has not ever really been one to sugarcoat things, but I have to admit that I was a little taken aback when he told me that I had a mild case of droopy drawers in what were my favorite jeans.
The sad part is that I think he was right. Deep down I knew my everyday “go-to” jeans had lost their luster but I was in serious denial. After all, what can I possibly do about it? I can’t go out and by a properly fitted fabulous new pair, so I am stuck with what lies within the four walls of my closet.
But, if I could buy just one pair right now it would be these (pictured above) Skyline Skinnys by Paige in Gypsy. They are a perfectly distressed medium wash with a skinny leg and stretch through the hips and thighs. I want to strut down the street sporting these designer denims and I want my man to say, “Damn, girl, you look good.” Sigh. A girl can dream, right?
July 27, 2009
July 25, 2009
I will be the first to admit that I am LAZY with the mascara. Sometimes I curl, sometimes not. Sometimes two coats, but most of the time one. I do not take the time to do it right. I would guess that most people don’t even think I wear mascara. When I saw the ad for Maybelline’s battery-operated “Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara” in this month’s Allure magazine, I thought, “Wow, this is something I really could use!”
I then became saddened by the thought that I would have to wait until May 2010 before I would be able to try this high-tech wand on my barely there, often naked, lashes. Apparently Maybelline’s magic brush vibrates 7000 times per stroke. And it is only 15 bucks! And it makes your lashes perfect, or so Maybelline says. I want perfect lashes! (Can you almost hear me stomping my feet?).
For now I guess I am stuck with my old boring non-electronic mascara. Hmm… I wonder what would happen if I taped it to my electric toothbrush?
July 22, 2009
July 20, 2009
Two hundred and ninety-nine days, one hour, twenty-four minutes, and fifty-one seconds.
That is what the countdown clock read when I logged in on Sunday to check the results of our latest poll. My heart thumped with excitement! The joys of being in the “200’s”! We have passed the 300 day mark. Now we only have over 200 hundred days to go!
That seems doable, right?
Doable, maybe, if you live in a tree house in the Amazon.
July 19, 2009
July 15, 2009
I watched the pilot episode of a cute new show last night called “Drop Dead Diva”. Let it be known to all y’all that I have not increased my television watching since I have stopped shopping (I still haven’t even watched Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette) but I am always scoping out new programs to add to my DVR.
“Drop Dead Diva” is the story of Deb, a blond size 2 model/actress who gets in a car accident and through her freaky encounters at the pearly gates, ends up entering the body of a plus sized over-worked and under-accessorized lawyer named Jane (Brooke Elliot). At this point Deb realizes she is set to live in Jane’s body forever. Various scenes unfold revealing that Deb was quite shallow in her past, while the former Jane was a selfless Meals on Wheels volunteer and humanitarian. Although the new Jane immediately rejects this new fate of stiff suits and sensible shoes, she slowly starts to realize that maybe this is her chance to find deeper meaning in a life that she once took for granted.
The cast of characters include a cute guardian angel named Fred, Jane’s (really Deb’s) beautiful model best friend Stacy, Deb’s ex boyfriend (who, coincidentally, is hired at the same law firm that Jane works), Jane’s no-nonsense assistant, played by the talented Margaret Cho, and of course there is the token office vixen, Kim, who is trying to promote herself through the ranks of the firm at Jane’s expense.
It is quirky and cute, and most definitely has been done before, but maybe not in such a heartfelt way. The hurrah moment for me was when Jane shames evil Kim by outing her knockoff Birkin Bag, something the “old Jane” would not have been able to do. Score one for the brainy fashionistas out there!
Could this be the next Ally Mcbeal? Who really knows? Who really cares? For now, it will fill that much needed void until “Gossip Girl” returns in the fall.
July 13, 2009
The propellers spring into action, the grating noises mount... Here we go. This is awful. I am miserable. I'm on my way (via munchkin plane, apparently) to visit my mom (The Mater). It has been many a moon since I have travelled to my mother's house in a small town in Massachusetts - we calculated about four years, n'est-ce pas, Mama? - and cranky, agitated and aggravated is not how I want to arrive.
It seems as if there is no solution. I can't read either a book or a magazine because it is too bumpy and it makes me dizzy, ditto write in my journal, can't listen to my fave podcasts (Q and The Moth - soooo good!) because I can't hear a GD thing, can't eat because I feel nauseous, can't sleep because I just drained a grande cup of coffee. Good grief! As I route around in my carry-on for something, God, anything! to occupy myself, I find deep in one of the many pockets a set of earplugs. I put them in, chase some Gravol with what's left of my coffee and browse through photos on my iPod feeling my sourness begin to sweeten. And it occurs to me. Just when you think that everything sucks and you are cranky and grouchy and less than impressed with your current circumstances, there is only one thing to do: get creative and remind yourself that whatever it is, it won't last forever.
Sounds like good advice for someone in Fashion Rehab...
July 11, 2009
July 8, 2009
July 6, 2009
The other night whilst lying in bed perusing the pages of my Real Simple magazine, I came across a savvy little article called “The No-Shop Wardrobe”. Hmmm, I thought to myself, the words “no”, “shop”, and “wardrobe” all seem to pertain to my current situation, so I hunkered down and dug deep into the article, missing my 10:00 bedtime curfew!
The gist of the article is that basically one can re-invent their wardrobe with just a few trips to the tailor. Highlights include tapering old boot cut trousers into sexy cigarette pants, embellishing a tank blouse with a chunky costume necklace, and chopping the bottom off of a strapless dress creating a cute form-fitted top with a peplum.
For more of a fashion forward wardrobe makeover, might I suggest tailoring your existing pieces to fit these trends:
- Adding fringe to a bag or jacket (not sure I am ready for this style again but if Alexander McQueen is doing it, you probably should, too).
- The “boyfriend jean/sweater/blazer” phenomenon continues to be strong for the fall, so why not dig deep into Mr. Right’s closet and steal a few of his things? Items should be oversized but not falling off, a trip to the tailor should fix those sloping shoulders.
- Chopping off any long dresses to mid thigh can be key for any budget conscious fashionista. Take a style note from Diane von Furstenburg, whose Fall ’09 collection is showing adorable long sleeved velvet mini dresses paired with slouchy hats.
- Also, structure is definitely "in", so grab those blazers and blouses and head to the tailor to obtain the best fit possible. Oh, and while you are at it, you should probably take your bra pads and shove them in the shoulder lining of your jacket because that is where this trend is headed!